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My 4 year old has been letting me know when theres no more milk when he nurses. I am dumbfounded. I've never had a problem with supply before, and his feedings aren't any different. Mostly naps and nighttime.<br>
I am starting to take the Mamas Milk tea but I'm sort of confused as to why this is happeining now. I was doing child led weening but now I don't know.<br>
What else can I do to build my supply? I can feel when my boobs get heavy, but then he'll nurse for like half the time,cause it's empty. I'm pretty sad about it.
 

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Wow, it never fails! I stop in here to ask a question about my own situation and someone else is going through the very same thing...<br><br>
Guava, DS will be four in a few weeks and we're going through the same thing. For a few days now, he latches on one side and then asks to switch because there is "no milk." ?? I asked him if there is milk in the other and he says, "a little." Now, for months now, the nursing have been mostly short but still rather regular (in the am upon waking and at night before bed a real quickie nursing. He has gone a day or two without nursing at all and in general, things have slowed way down from say, a year or even six months ago. BUT... I never figured I'd just run out if he's still nursing. Part of me started seeing the beginning of the end today and I feel sort of panicked, like this wasn't the way it was supposed to go.<br><br>
I'll be curious if you get any other replies about children/moms who weaned in this way! No advice/suggestions, but lots of support here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The best,<br>
Em
 

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thanks Em for replying. I'm sorry you are going thru this too, it sucks. I feel exactly the same way, not thinking this was the way our nursing relationship was to end. Hugs to you mama.<br>
Usually I'm a thread killer so thanks again for responding!
 

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I'm a thread killer too! ACK! Hope I didn't curse your thread! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br><br>
I was really thinking that SOMEONE else must have gone through this. Anyone? Beuhler? HELP!<br><br>
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I have not been through this but it is my understanding that this is natural. Maybe someone else with more experience will chime in.
 

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I have no advice, just an extrapolated question.<br><br>
I have an almost-4yo who tells me the same things. HOWEVER, I also have an almost-1yo who eats <i>very</i> little solid food but is a chunkychunkymonkey!<br><br>
How can I have plenty of milk for the 1yo but be empty for the 4yo? That's just wierd.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Ds is 4 and is stretching his no-nursing periods out more and more (sometimes he'll nurse a few times a day, sometimes he'll skip a day or even two). I definitely don't have as much milk anymore and it seems like I run out sometimes before he's done. I just figured it was part of the natural weaning process.
 

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when my oldest started complaining about "no more milkies in the nummy-nums" turns out I was pregnant and just didn't know it yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> sorry I don't really have anything to add to what has already been said.
 

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Pallas,<br><br>
Actually, your story has confirmed my theory here. The other day, DS went to nurse before bed, latched for a moment each side and threw up his arms, raised his eyebrows and said, "none." He was matter of fact, not upset and seemed rather good hearted about the whole thing.<br><br>
Yesterday morning he went to nurse and went on as usual and I actually saw milk on the corner of his mouth when he finished. While I do believe my supply to be at an all time low, relatively speaking, I do wonder if this isn't DS's way of letting me know that HE'S thinking about the weaning process these days. I think it's his happy go lucky attitude about the whole thing that really got me wondering and his general "down to once a day" nursing and even this, just a few minutes if that. I wonder if somewhere deep within, he feels he needs to make an excuse to wean...??? Does this sound silly?
 

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I remember dd saying that there was no milk when she was around 4-5yrs. This was around the time when she started nursing only on the right side and completely gave up the left side (which never produced as much). I believed her, I was slowly making less milk (and maybe she was just more efficient at getting it all out faster?), but I also was thinking that maybe it was part of her increasing imagination because she continued to nurse for a few more years. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I tried Mother's Milk tea (Traditional Medicinals), as a result of that. I have no idea if it worked, but it did give me peace of mind.<br><br>
FWIW, my supply didn't completely diminish until dd started skipping weeks at a time.
 

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Are you SURE you're "empty" when he nurses? Young children don't always have full grasp of language. Maybe he's telling you that your breast is "empty" because he just finished drinking the milk? Or maybe it's "empty" compared to the feeling of drinking out of a cup? Or, "empty" could just mean he doesn't want anymore (don't you take a cup, bowl, or plate away when its "empty" and your dc can't have any more out of it?)
 

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Well I was wondering if supply can diminish when AF is on its way. It's like that for a friend of mine. We'll see in a couple of days if my supply changes.<br>
He kind of does what the other poster mentioned, that throwing the hands in the air, too cute BTW!<br>
I do know that he like to nurse, but i think its the cuddling more. And when he says empty, I was able to squeeze a bit out. But he does get frustrated. When he says I'm empty, that theres no more "num num's inside", he kinda just moans and groans and rolls over.<br><br>
I'm gonna go get some fenugreek this weekend, like someone else said, for the peace of mind. I'm just surprised my boobs are still rather on the large side for diminished milk supply, I think that's part of my shock over diminshed supply, cause I sure don't look empty! :LOL
 

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oh, yeah, I definitely notice a drop in supply right before AF comes. It goes right back up after my period starts, though. Some women have different experiences, but supply is definitely affected by our cycles.
 
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